Pedro D Gonçalves

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Colorectal cancer (CRC) is the second most fatal and the third most diagnosed type of cancer worldwide. Despite having multifactorial causes, most CRC cases are mainly determined by dietary factors. In recent years, a large number of studies have attributed a protective effect to polyphenols and foods containing these compounds (fruits and vegetables)(More)
The relative hepatoprotection effect of fifteen sesquiterpenoids, commonly found in plants and plant-derived foods and beverages was assessed. Endogenous lipid peroxidation (assay A) and induced lipid peroxidation (assay B) were evaluated in liver homogenates from Wistar rats by the thiobarbituric acid reactive species test. Sesquiterpenoids with different(More)
The preantral follicles are the major source of oocytes and its utilization has been investigated as an important tool to store large numbers of female gametes for further utilization in reproductive programs. The aim of the present study was to perform quantitative and qualitative analyses of the efficacy of a mechanical method for isolating of preantral(More)
The objective of this study was to evaluate the effect of retinol (RT) and retinoic acid (RA) on the in vitro development of pre-implantation goat embryos cultured in potassium simplex optimized medium or synthetic oviduct fluid or cocultured in oviductal cells monolayer either in potassium simplex optimized medium or synthetic oviduct fluid. A total of(More)
The aim of the present study was to characterize ovarian follicular development and steroid concentrations during postpartum and the estrous cycle of Brangus Ibagé cows (3/8 Nelore + 5/8 Aberdeen Angus) with different levels of fertility. Cows were classified as having high or low fertility according to the calving interval (CI). The average CI of the herd(More)
Folic acid (FA) is an essential micronutrient that is particularly important during pregnancy for normal placental and fetal development and growth. The placenta and the fetus become frequently exposed to drugs of abuse such as cannabinoids because of maternal use of these substances. The aim of this study was to investigate the influence of cannabinoids on(More)
Prostaglandin E2 (dinoprostone) is largely used for labor induction. However, one-third of patients do not respond to treatment. One cause of this poor response may be associated with changes in regulation of prostaglandin E receptors (EP1-4). In this study, we investigated EP mRNA expression in the uterine cervix and lower uterine segment myometrium for(More)
Folic acid (FA) is crucial for fetal development. We aimed to study the modulation of FA placental uptake by: hyperserotoninemia and hyperglycaemia, anti-hypertensives, insulin and drugs of abuse. For this, we characterized (3)H-FA uptake by primary cultures of human cytotrophoblasts (TB cells) and tested the effects of these compounds upon (3)H-FA uptake,(More)
Colorectal cancer (CRC) is one of the most common solid tumors worldwide. A diet rich in dietary fiber is associated with a reduction in its risk. Butyrate (BT) is one of the main end products of anaerobic bacterial fermentation of dietary fiber in the human colon. This short-chain fatty acid is an important metabolic substrate in normal colonic epithelial(More)
Cryobiology is a very important tool in reproductive biology. Research in this area focuses on the possibility of restoring fertility in women with reproductive problems or after cancer treatments. Another goal is to establish a genetic resource bank for endangered or commercially important animal species. Cryopreservation of oocytes from pre-antral(More)